(Riverton, Wyo.) – Volunteers of America Northern Rockies of Sheridan took over operation of the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center this past summer, and now they are poised to dedicate their newly spruced up operation, to be known as the Center of Hope. The dedication is set for this Thursday, Oct. 3rd, at 11:30 a.m. at the center, 223 West Adams Avenue in Riverton.

Signs have already been changed, the building has been repainted, the interior has been remodeled and an on-site clinician has been hired. Known by its shorthand nickname as the Detox Center, the new Center of Hope is offering more than just a place for drunks to sober up. Treatment options are now available at the center. The VOA’s new emphasis for the center has been in the works since they assumed operation of the facility this past May, and ownership of it in July.

VOA’s Executive Vice President for Operations Heath Steel said the acquisition meant that the current Crisis Center contract with the Wyoming Department of Health would remain in place. That contract provides a bulk of the center’s operating budget. Shortly after VOA assumed management of the center, he told the Fremont County Health Industry Partnership that his organization “would now be able to bring other resources to the table to look at how to overcome barriers getting people who detox at the center into treatment and recovery. If we can impact five percent of what’s going on here, we will be doing a good job,” Steel said. “We will be taking a more clinical approach, a different case management system as we look at the revolving door of clients.”

Steel said the clients must want to take treatment before it could be successful, “so we may be looking at smaller numbers with a greater impact” that what the crisis center has been serving. We’ll run a true social detoxification model here, we’ll set some beds aside for that.”

The dedication is open to the public.